Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A random day

src: google+

The amount of digital traces were are leaving behind is massive. What is frightning is that most of us is not even realising this. This article started as an idea of trying to collect all the data I could find from a random day of year. Thanks to Stian Lindhom for suggesting May 19th as this date. I will go back two years in time, so the random day will be May 19th 2011. What is interesting knowing is that what information I manage to find today might be available in 10 years as well, and what is available on the Internet is not at all private (unless it's heavily encrypted and only you have the key).

There should be heaps more information to find, but below is what I thought of digging up from May 19th 2011.

Text messages and phonecalls.
I've been using Android for quite a while now, and have myself setup extensive logging of text messages and phonecalls. This information will (unless they actively delete it) also be available to the phone company you are using, and it would as well be very easy for Google to log this information.

I was texting one friend this day, arranging where to catch up in the city:

I had one missed phonecall, form Gjensidige, this day:

Emails and chat messages
A quick search in my VXG / Google Apps / Gmail account reveals all emails and chats from this day:

I did send one tweet:
src: twitter

I made one Facebook comments:
Facebook activity log.

Activity log, found using this link:

I wrote no blog posts this day, the previous blog post was made on Posterous on the 17th of May.

What plans I had
My VXG / Google calendar shows that I had plans to go to the gym, and to do a Krav Maga session.

Where I was located
Google Latitude
Through Google Latitude I can see where I was to what times. It shows I skipped weight training, but went for Krav Maga. Note that next to Google your phone company will be able to log this information as well (as long as you carry around your mobile phone).

Google Latitude, intelligence service's best friend.

I arrived work at 9:03 am.

Went for a walk around 1:30.

I came back home 5:18 pm.

Was back home at 5:18 pm.

Arrived at Krav Maga training 7:15 pm.

Back home again at 9:32 pm.

My Foursquare checkins confirms this:
Long live self surveillance.

Garmin connect
Garmin connect shows that I ran back and forth to Krav Maga session:

Warm up.

Cool down.

Web history
Google Web History
Through Google Web History I can see what I did search for:

Web history reveals your searches.

Through RescueTime I know how much time I spent in front on my computer, and exactly what I did:

Nothing is kept secret.

Your YouTube watch history is also logged, but for the time being this log shows no timestamp.

What I listened to
Through can I see what songs I listened to:'s scrobbled songs history.

My bank Landkreditt Bank has records of all my transaction for the given day.

What more?
I'm sure I forgot something as well, and there will be heaps more traces out there. Other services that pops up in my mind, but had no data for on the given date, are:
- PayPal
- GitHub
- Google Code
- Steam
- TripIt
- Instagram
- LinkedIn
- Vimeo
- AppBrain
- morphogenetically
- GooglePlus

Some other sites / apps that I did not check:
- SleepBot


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  1. Det er egentlig VELDIG skummelt å se hvor mye informasjon man legger igjen, og ikke minst at den fortsatt er tilgjengelig så lenge etter. Spooky..

    1. Enig. Det er enormt hva vi legger igjen av spor. Jeg er heller ikke i tvil om at mange tjenester lagrer adskillig mer enn det vi er klar over. Å skape en annen virkelig, ved å legge inn falske data, eller å endre eksisterende data, er det heller ingen garantier mot. Om man for eksempel betaler en utro tjener hos et telefonselskap så kan lett telefonsamtaler fra en bruker til en annen "oppstå", ved at man endrer litt i databaser og logger. Det er derfor det er bekymringsfullt og skremmende å innføre DLD (Datalagringsdirektivet). Nok et eksempel på at veldig mange politikere har elendig kunnskap om det de sitter å bestemmer.


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